Fisher-Price Inc., of East Aurora, N.Y., has "recalled to inspect" 800,000 Newborn Rock 'n Play Sleepers for mold that can develop between the seat cushion and frame when it remains moist or is infrequently cleaned. The recall was announced today by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Fisher-Price received 600 reports of mold on the product, and 16 consumers have reported that their infants were treated for respiratory issues, coughs, and hives after sleeping in the product. The recall is being done to ask owners to inspect the Rock N' Play infant recliners for mold.
If you own one of the recalled sleepers, check for mold under the seat cushion. Dark brown, gray, or black spots can indicate the presence of mold. If you find mold, call Fisher-Price for cleaning instructions and further assistance at 800-432-5437, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET, or visit www.service.mattel.com.
The recalled sleepers were sold at mass merchandise stores nationwide and online since September 2009 for $50 to $85. Only products that show signs of mold after use by consumers are included in the recall.
Designed for babies up to 25 pounds and made of a soft plastic seat held by a metal rocking frame, the Rock N' Play infant recliner seat has a removable, fabric cover that comes in 14 patterns and color palettes.
Consumer Reports doesn't recommend using products such as the Newborn Rock 'n Play infant recliner as a sleeper for your child. Although A crib may seem like a big place to put your tiny newborn, it's actually the safest place for your infant to sleep. Read our crib buying guide for more. Play yards can also provide your baby with a safe, enclosed place for napping.